Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles for a preview of the 2014 Los Angeles MDA Muscle Walk Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Griffith Park.
Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles for a preview of the 2014 Los Angeles MDA Muscle Walk Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Griffith Park. The MDA WALK, a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, is the largest event of its kind in the United States.
Every dollar raised or donated goes directly to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which provides vital services to families affected by neuromuscular disease and fosters research on more than 40 muscle diseases.
The Muscular Dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases that cause weakness and muscle wasting, primarily in the skeletal or voluntary muscles (those we control such as the muscles of the arms and legs). The majority of diseases under MDA’s umbrella are caused by genetic factors. All result in progressive muscle weakness. Symptoms can range from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing. Among these diseases, the age of onset varies from birth to adulthood, and life span after diagnosis can be as short as a year or as long as several decades. For more detailed information about each of the neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program visit MDA.
It’s not too late to register for the 2014 Los Angeles MDA Muscle Walk! You can sign up by clicking HERE. All money raised by local MDA Walks goes to help people in the local community who are living with muscle disease. MDA offers the following fundraising tips for those who have signed up for the MDA WALK:
- Set a goal and share it. Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers what you’re trying to do. According to studies, shared goals are the most likely to be realized. Use words like “donate” or “share” so friends know exactly what you want them to do.
- Use the MDA Muscle Walk Online Toolkit to help spread the word and raise funds. The online toolkit has everything you need to build a personal or team Web page, send customized e-mails and letters, track your donations, and use Facebook for fundraising.
- Ask. Then ask again. Send customized MDA Muscle Walk emails to everyone you know and ask for contributions. Include a simple explanation of how and where people can donate and other specific ways they can help. Use “donate” or “share” so friends know exactly what you want them to do. Remember: The No. 1 reason people give to a worthwhile cause is because someone they know asked. And keep sending those e-mails! Research shows that 1 in 4 results in a donation.
- Make it personal. Use your e-mails and personal fundraising page to tell why you are walking, and share meaningful photos of those who inspire you to join the MDA Muscle Walk. Give people a reason to care about your goal. The more fun and unique your personal page, the more money you usually raise!
- Use social media like Facebook and Twitter to support your mission. Participants who use social networking tools raise significantly more money to support their cause. Make sure you spread the work via your social networks, and add the Muscle Walk Facebook app to help you fundraise with Facebook, which makes it easier to enlist support from your Facebook friends.
- Boost the impact of your donations with matching gifts. Many companies provide matching gifts for employee charitable contributions—and some will even double your contribution.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding neuromuscular disease research, health care services and education. Over the years, MDA has built the nation’s only neuromuscular clinic network, with some 200 MDA clinics—including more than 40 MDA/ALS centers for the treatment of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Each clinic is staffed by a team of top health professionals—all experts in the diagnosis and medical management of neuromuscular disease. MDA also provides free flu shots to adults and children with neuromuscular diseases, because a simple case of the flu can be life-threatening to those with weak respiratory muscles.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Griffith Park (Crystal Springs Picnic Area)
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Muscular Dystrophy Association- Greater Los Angeles Chapter
3415 South Sepulveda Boulevard, #550
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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